A vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject commercial spyware, developed by NSO Group, on to phones.

The spyware could be transmitted through a call, even if the call was unanswered.

It is unclear how many phones were targeted.

@sina @torproject Open an incognito mode tab, copy the URL of the paywalled article, search for it on Google (because they get a pass apparently), and open the link from the search results, and it'll give you the article without the wall

@mu @torproject

There must be other publisher who also published it

@noor Glad? No. Most people I know, friends and family... use whatsapp.

More of a "I told you so" feeling for me.

@inditoot @torproject

I do use WhatsApp Business with Shelter app to isolate/freeze.

And my family, friends & acquaintances use WhatsApp too.

But many of my close family, friends or business associates have to use #XMPP or #Wire to communicate with me.

But what to do, we have to learn in hard way.

I am drafting a poster & flyers to highlight WhatsApp hack & promote free software alternative.

So distribute posters & flyer.

@mu @torproject @inditoot

@vmauryan12 I second @noor's suggestion : xmpp.

There is not one good reason not to use secure and open source technology for personal chats.

In fact, it may be a good idea for @inditoot to host xmpp bundled with mastodon account.


@mu @vmauryan12 @noor @torproject

We can do that but these things increase cost of server, so im trying to run it as cheap as possible.

Although it can be doen by using an Oatuh Patch and Web client based XMPP client


It was merely a suggestion, to be considered *at some point*.

I understand that the priorities are a bit different right now. Inditoot needs needs more numbers and its donations/merchandise right.

@vmauryan12 @noor @torproject

Admin of Inditoot run & test various free software instant messages.

Still finding pros & cons.

Running an XMPP service dedicated for Indians is not big deal for the admin.

Like many admins, fund is tight operate.

If there is significant fund donated to Inditoot, there will be dedicated chat service, photo sharing, video sharing for Indians.

Even to entice the admin to consider launching xmpp service, we need to gather some statistic.

⚡ Are the enough userbase for xmpp service dedicated to Indian users ?

⚡ How many of us currently using any there xmpp server ?

⚡ are there decent amount of users willing to try xmpp ?

@mu @inditoot @vmauryan12

@noor @mu @vmauryan12

People are loving mastodon more people will Join then we will see a boost in using open source software

I am very much favour free software over commercial ones.

@vmauryan12 @mu @inditoot

@torproject In a related FT article about Israel's NSO, it states: "In Israel, where the military has created its own secure phone for its officers to use, the susceptibility of smartphones has become a national security issue. Many senior officials no longer carry smartphones — Mr Lieberman, the former defence minister, proudly showed off to reporters a scarred and cracked Nokia, at least a decade old, that his family can reach him on."

@torproject HA! "Commercial spyware." Haven't we learned to accept this as normal with anything owned by Facefarm yet? Don't worry, they'll look into it, be impressed by some of the code, and then try to use it in their next creepy patent.

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